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An Introduction to the World's Oceans, 10/e
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The Physical Properties of Water

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At the Saltwater Desalination site, choose "Environmental Impacts" and compare the costs associated with Reverse Osmosis and Multi-stage Flash Distillation. Which method would you choose to build a 10 MGD desalination plant at present, if petroleum costs were to rise? Why did you make these choices? What physical property of water makes desalination such an expensive process? What environmental side effects might be expected from each system?